Facts about beer that celebrate the world’s most popular alcohol

International Beer Day is just one week away and what better than celebrating the most popular alcoholic drink of the world with some chugging on its certain fascinating peculiarities? A global event that was first observed in 2007 as a very US thing, this annual celebration has since usurped every first Friday of August to amass a following the world over. And indeed a glass of chilled beer makes for the perfect summer time celebration to make merry. So celebratory in fact is the essence imbued in this alcoholic drink older than most others of its kind that a beer festival is a definite feature of the immense hype that takes centerstage every October as Oktoberfest. This of course is just one instance and numerous such occasions abound everywhere that has one and all hailing the ale.

Here’s some of the most interesting facts about beer that brings upon this day a widely deserved world appreciation –

Strongest beer ever

Brewmeister Snake Venom
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With 67.5% alcohol content by volume, the Brewmeister Snake Venom is the world’s strongest beer ever. That it is named Snake Venom because “it tastes like it” speaks volumes of the ‘potency’ that this world record holder possesses. First released in 2013, Snake Venom out-alcoholed the previous 65% strong pride of the Armageddon that was also a product of the Brewmeister Brewery.

Most Expensive

Allsopp's Arctic Ale
Source: DNA India

While Snake Venom promises to sting indeed with its head spinning character of alcohol, it comes at a rather dismissible price. At less than a hundred dollars per bottle, this does not even come close to the world’s most expensive beer. The title goes to the Allsopp’s Arctic Ale which at a ‘measly’ 11% ABV might not quite appeal to enthusiasts of the ultimate intoxicated feel. But consider its staggering price tag of $503,300 and the Arctic Ale is all but certain to make you queasy to forfeit even a drop of it.

The justification of its exorbitant price is a draw upon the history of the Allsopp’s Arctic Ale. As evident in its very name, this was a custom made beer specially crafted for the 1875 Antarctic expedition. With close to a century and a half long ‘life span’ that however does not extends to its consumptionability, the world’s priciest beer emerges as a collector’s time. That explains the mismatch between the amount of alcohol and its valuation derived from history.

Swimming in beer

Schloss Starkenberger brewery
Source: The Sun

Why just lay back and relax with a glass of beer when you can go and swim in a pool full of that favorite fizz? At the Schloss Starkenberger brewery in Austria, such outlandish beer dreams come true as you dive into one of its much famous beer pools. Seven 13 foot such specimens holding warm, watered beer offer options galore for sitting and relaxing or even swimming in a fantasy world. Said to be rich in vitamins and calcium, the ‘full bodied beery experience’ is even said to have beneficial properties with everything from helping the skin to curing wounds attributed to this provisioned peculiarity.

Beer Spas

Beer Spas
Source: Clumsy Girl Travels

The exclusive experience awaiting one at the Austrian beer escapade likens somewhat to a spa in the ‘wellness’ claims. But turns out a distinctly defined idea of beer spas is a more general thing. Beer infused spa services are rendered as signature practices of beer spas which does not quite perplex us indeed. Given how beer is widely used as ingredient in beauty products, beer spas make much more sense for sure.

Playing with beer

Beer pong
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This might sound as even more surprising than the swimming prospects nestled in what is but a fluid indeed. But a sport involving beer in some capacity tends to be a more established identity. Beer pong is the name of this game that requires players to throw a ping pong ball across a table so that it lands up in a cup of beer on the other end. Generally competed as a team game where the cups coming to hold the ball through the course of its playing must be drunk out of by to eliminate the opponents, beer pong is even competed at world levels. A US invention, beer pongs today are played as parts of specific tournaments even as they continue to be popular party and bar activities.

Beer-philia

Okay beer lovers abound all around but it takes a really beery professing of that love to avail for oneself the curated identity of a Cerevisaphile. Another alternate reference exists as that evoked by Zythophilia which though is rarer in this context of occurring. The Zytho prefix is more standard in referring to the scientific study of beer and its brewing as Zythology. So if you are someone more academically interested in beers then it is the latter description you adhere to. If you are a more casual, albeit devout lover of the world’s most popular alcohol like so many others then of course you claim for yourself the more aesthetic notion of being a Cerevisaphile.

Beer Belly and Beer Goggles

Beer Goggles
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It though isn’t just name and fame doing the rounds through those mugs and glasses and jars and pitchers and even ‘boots’ of beer. There are some abominations as well characteristing the drink in popular culture. Think beer belly and beer goggles that do not mind ‘detributing’ it by dumping all adverses of alcohol upon this expanse. It is very apparent what beer belly is- that unsightly protruding of the stomach that is no less unhealthy as well. But it isn’t something exclusive to the consumption of beer. In fact not just alcohol but other ridiculous indulgences in eating too can lead to even huger a belly. But no, beer belly it is in absolute deigning of the essence of this top global pick.

Similar is the case with beer goggles that outline the perceived phenomenon of alcohol consumption inducing aggravated awareness of attractiveness for others. Not only is beer goggles a biased representation of a greater world ‘reality’; it also is factually incorrect as well.

Beer Yoga

Beer Yoga
Source: Bend Magazine

The wider fascination with beer has also spurred some novelties, the most striking of which would assert as beer yoga. A hybrid yoga practice that came to be sometime in 2013, this concept specifies participants to go about their yogic routine at breweries or taprooms and even take chugs of their favorite drink after or even during the asanas. Variously interpreted as a marketing gimmick by some experts and approved as well by others who evoke the long history of alcohol in ritualistic practises, beer yoga though has quite managed to catch up in its characteristic appeal of entertaining something unconventional.

Beer Colors

colors of beer bottles
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That all beer is essentially red is a chemically required even when not so popularly perceived property of the drink ‘dynamic’ enough to have its own designated day of celebration. What however is much well known is that beer bottles are always greatly green or brown. Brown was the original tint that was preferred so that the beer would not spoil due to photooxidation reaction that occurs when the hops encounter strong light. Green however came to be the norm out of a shortage of brown glass during the Second World War. And they have largely sustained even when the effectiveness is lower when compared to those browned bottles.

Beer Flavors

There exists a whole world of beers that occur in different types and styles depending on everything from their place of origin to method of fermentation and ingredients used and so on and so forth. But even such diverseness on their own part would not be a match for the handful some flavors that have been developed in so much unexpectedness.

meteorite beer
Source: Canadian Beer News

A ‘meteorite beer’ steeped indeed out of crushed lunar meteorites has to be the most out-of-the-world version, quite literally. But eccentricity continues to express through other brews as well, like an odious indeed offering of the Odious Ale- hold your breath, literally again- that made use of yeast growing upon Roald Dahl’s writing chair! And yet this isn’t even the most repugnant on the list with everything from urine and wastewater to whale testicles and elephant coffee poo concocting up lipsmacking servings of tastes and flavours.

Mode of payment

Capping this modern day celebration of beer with a fact deeply seated in history so much so that goes back to the time when the Great Pyramids were constructed. Beer formed significant part of the ‘payment’ that went out to compensating the workers with some four to five liters of offering per day per person! Come to think of it though and the consistency of the beer then was much thicker and heartier for it to tend close to being a whole meal almost. And as has been pointed out by archaeologists there really wasn’t an option to not include beer as part of the provisions since there perhaps would have been rebellions as well in its missing from the menu!